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Monday, June 18, 2018

Salvage

Marine salvage is the process of rescuing a ship, its cargo, or other property from peril. Salvage encompasses rescue towing, putting out fires, patching or repairing a ship, refloating a sunken or grounded vessel, moving a disabled vessel in order to clear navigation channels, and raising sunken ships or their cargo. Equipment involved in salvage operations may include cranes, floating dry docks, and support vessels (such as tugboats). Commercial divers may be called upon to perform underwater tasks and monitor progress below the surface.

Protecting the marine environment from pollution from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often an important part of salvage activities. Usually the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for its resale value, or for scrap. The vast majority of salvage operations are contracted to qualified seamen and engineers working as professional salvors. Usually, contracted agents expect no financial reward unless the salvage operation is at least partially successful.

If salvage is not performed under a contract, then the rescuer must act voluntarily and aside from any legal duty to act, other than the acknowledged duty to render assistance to those in peril at sea or to attend after a collision. If the owner or the owner’s agent is still on the ship, they can refuse offers of assistance. A vessel found entirely deserted or abandoned without hope or intention of recovery is considered derelict and is fair game for anyone who comes across it. It is not true, however, that the rescuer or salvor automatically becomes the owner of the property. The owner always has the option to reclaim his property by paying an appropriate reward.

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Matthew Bierwagen, Resolve Marine Naval Architect UK (Photo: John Cagni)

Industry Presents on Maine Accidents and Salvage

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Mobile System Used for Treating Ballast Water

Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage say they have used a mobile system to treat ballast…

Tim Bush, Crowley vice president and deputy general counsel

Tim Bush Promoted to Crowley VP, Deputy General Counsel

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Tim Bush has been promoted to vice president…

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New Consortium for Offshore Decommissioning

A new global oil and gas decommissioning consortium launched today sets out to bring…

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Icebergs Could Float to the Rescue of Cape Town Water Crisis

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A member of the USCG tries on a commercial dive helmet, umbilical, and an emergency bailout bottle Photo ASA

ASA hosts Response Training for Houston Authorities

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Maersk Honam in Jebel Ali Port

The Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam, which was hit by a serious fire on 6 March…

Jim Elliott, President of the American Salvage Association. Photo courtesy SMFF

US Salvors Pass USCG Verifications

On April 18, Rear Admiral Anthony “Jack” Vogt, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy…

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Five Weeks Later, Maersk Honam is Still Burning

Efforts to suppress a fire on containership Maersk Honam continue more than a month…

Evans to Lead International Salvage Union

The International Salvage Union has selected Roger Evans as its new Secretary General.

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE have combined forces to form a partnership for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters Photo Ardent Global

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE Partner

Ardent, Vernicos Tugs and Salvage, a Greek-based tug & salvage service provider and…

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Remains of Three Crew Found on Maersk Honam

Maersk said the remains of three of four missing crew members have been found aboard…

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